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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432997/serum-uric-acid-level-is-linked-to-the-disease-progression-rate-in-male-patients-with-multiple-system-atrophy
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Jiro Fukae, Shinsuke Fujioka, Shosaburo Yanamoto, Akio Mori, Takahiro Nomi, Taku Hatano, Kousuke Fukuhara, Shinji Ouma, Nobutaka Hattori, Yoshio Tsuboi
OBJECTIVES: Multiple system atrophy (MSA) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that may be caused in part by oxidative stress. Uric acid (UA) protects neurons in neurodegenerative disorders via antioxidative effects. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between the serum UA concentration and disease progression in MSA patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 53 Japanese MSA patients were enrolled in this study. The disease progression rate was estimated by the rate of global disability scale change per year...
April 3, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432859/the-impact-of-global-climate-change-on-the-spread-of-parasitic-nematodes
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Anna Okulewicz
Climate changes may influence the frequency, intensity and geographical distribution of parasites, directly affecting their dispersive stages in the environment (eggs, larvae) and, indirectly, the larvae living mainly in invertebrate intermediate hosts. In biologically diverse nematodes climate warming contributes to the increase in the range of distribution, colonization of new hosts and modification of their development cycles. This is particularly acute in the Arctic and pertains, for instance, to nematodes Ostertagia gruehneri and Setaria tundra parasitizing reindeer Rangifer tarandus and Umingmakstrongylus pallikuukensis in musk oxen (Ovibos moschatus)...
2017: Annals of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432773/transition-of-the-functional-brain-network-related-to-increasing-cognitive-demands
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Karolina Finc, Kamil Bonna, Monika Lewandowska, Tomasz Wolak, Jan Nikadon, Joanna Dreszer, Włodzisław Duch, Simone Kühn
Network neuroscience provides tools that can easily be used to verify main assumptions of the global workspace theory (GWT), such as the existence of highly segregated information processing during effortless tasks performance, engagement of multiple distributed networks during effortful tasks and the critical role of long-range connections in workspace formation. A number of studies support the assumptions of GWT by showing the reorganization of the whole-brain functional network during cognitive task performance; however, the involvement of specific large scale networks in the formation of workspace is still not well-understood...
April 22, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432632/tryptophan-fluorescence-yields-and-lifetimes-as-a-probe-of-conformational-changes-in-human-glucokinase
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Bogumil Zelent, Chris Bialas, Ignacy Gryczynski, Pan Chen, Rahul Chib, Karina Lewerissa, Maria G Corradini, Richard D Ludescher, Jane M Vanderkooi, Franz M Matschinsky
Five variants of glucokinase (ATP-D-hexose-6-phosphotransferase, EC 2.7.1.1) including wild type and single Trp mutants with the Trp residue at positions 65, 99, 167 and 257 were prepared. The fluorescence of Trp in all locations studied showed intensity changes when glucose bound, indicating that conformational change occurs globally over the entire protein. While the fluorescence quantum yield changes upon glucose binding, the enzyme's absorption spectra, emission spectra and fluorescence lifetimes change very little...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432567/less-approach-more-avoidance-response-inhibition-has-motivational-consequences-for-sexual-stimuli-that-reflect-changes-in-affective-value-not-a-lingering-global-brake-on-behavior
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Rachel L Driscoll, Keelia Quinn de Launay, Mark J Fenske
Response inhibition negatively impacts subsequent hedonic evaluations of motivationally relevant stimuli and reduces the behavioral incentive to seek and obtain such items. Here we expand the investigation of the motivational consequences of inhibition by presenting sexually appealing and nonappealing images in a go/no-go task and a subsequent image-viewing task. Each initially obscured image in the viewing task could either be made more visible or less visible by repeatedly pressing different keys. Fewer key presses were made to obtain better views of preferred-sex images when such images had previously been inhibited as no-go items than when previously encountered as noninhibited go items...
April 21, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432292/created-mangrove-wetlands-store-belowground-carbon-and-surface-elevation-change-enables-them-to-adjust-to-sea-level-rise
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Ken W Krauss, Nicole Cormier, Michael J Osland, Matthew L Kirwan, Camille L Stagg, Janet A Nestlerode, Marc J Russell, Andrew S From, Amanda C Spivak, Darrin D Dantin, James E Harvey, Alejandro E Almario
Mangrove wetlands provide ecosystem services for millions of people, most prominently by providing storm protection, food and fodder. Mangrove wetlands are also valuable ecosystems for promoting carbon (C) sequestration and storage. However, loss of mangrove wetlands and these ecosystem services are a global concern, prompting the restoration and creation of mangrove wetlands as a potential solution. Here, we investigate soil surface elevation change, and its components, in created mangrove wetlands over a 25 year developmental gradient...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432149/cd73-on-t-cells-orchestrates-cardiac-wound-healing-after-myocardial-infarction-by-purinergic-metabolic-reprogramming
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Nadine Borg, Christina Alter, Nicole Görldt, Christoph Jacoby, Zhaoping Ding, Bodo Steckel, Christine Quast, Florian Bönner, Daniela Friebe, Sebastian Temme, Ulrich Flögel, Jürgen Schrader
Background -T-cells are required for proper healing after myocardial infarction. The mechanism of their beneficial action, however, is unknown. The pro-inflammatory "danger signal" adenosine triphosphate (ATP), released from damaged cells, is degraded by the ectonucleotidases CD39 and CD73 to the anti-inflammatory mediator adenosine. Here, we investigate the contribution of CD73-derived adenosine produced by T-cells to cardiac remodeling after ischemia/reperfusion and define its mechanism of action. Methods -Myocardial ischemia (50 min /reperfusion) was induced in global CD73(-/-) and CD4-CD73(-/-) mice...
April 21, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432060/toll-like-receptor-2-tlr2-dominance-over-tlr4-in-stressful-conditions-for-its-detrimental-role-in-the-heart
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Ashim K Bagchi, Gauri Akolkar, Soma Mandal, Prathapan Ayyappan, Xi Yang, Pawan K Singal
It has been suggested that toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) promotes interleukin-10 (IL-10)-mediated cardiac cell survival while another receptor, TLR2, from the same family is detrimental. Here we examined the interactive role of these two innate signaling molecules under stressful conditions including interleukin-10 knockout (IL-10(-/-)) mice, global ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in rat hearts and in-vitro shRNA experimental models in presence or absence of IL-10 (10ng/ml). Circulating and myocardial levels of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) as well as apoptosis and fibrosis were higher in IL-10(-/-) mice...
April 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431764/seasonal-monitoring-of-blue-mussel-mytilus-spp-populations-in-a-harbor-area-a-focus-on-responses-to-environmental-factors-and-chronic-contamination
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C Lacroix, E Duvieilbourg, N Guillou, J Guyomarch, C Bassoulet, D Moraga, G Chapalain, M Auffret
Coastal waters corresponding to macrotidal systems are among the most variable marine biotopes. Sessile animals as bivalve mollusks may however be found forming intertidal beds at high densities, as allowed by full adaptation to local conditions. A better knowledge of adaptive responses to environmental factors is required to foresee possible adverse effects of global change. At the sub-cellular level, transcriptional responses are among the earliest signals of environmental disturbances and they can reveal subtle and meaningful changes in organism exposed to stress...
April 12, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431634/multicenter-observational-study-of-abobotulinumtoxina-neurotoxin-in-cervical-dystonia-the-anchor-cd-registry
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Richard M Trosch, Alberto J Espay, Daniel Truong, Ramon Gil, Carlos Singer, Peter A LeWitt, Mark F Lew, Michele Tagliati, Charles H Adler, Jack J Chen, Dominic Marchese, Cynthia L Comella
BACKGROUND: The ANCHOR-CD prospective observational registry study evaluated the effectiveness of abobotulinumtoxinA in adult idiopathic cervical dystonia (CD) in clinical practice. METHODS: Adults with CD were eligible. Treating physicians determined abobotulinumtoxinA dose and treatment interval. The primary endpoint was patient response rate (Toronto Western Spasmodic Torticollis Rating Scale [TWSTRS] score reduction≥25% and Patient Global Impression of Change [PGIC] score of +2 or +3 at Week 4 of Cycle 1)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431605/global-brain-atrophy-and-metabolic-dysfunction-in-lgi1-encephalitis-a-prospective-multimodal-mri-study
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Monika Szots, Morten Blaabjerg, Gergely Orsi, Pernille Iversen, Daniel Kondziella, Camilla G Madsen, Ellen Garde, Peter O Magnusson, Peter Barsi, Ferenc Nagy, Hartwig R Siebner, Zsolt Illes
BACKGROUND: Chronic cognitive deficits are frequent in leucin-rich glioma-inactivated 1 protein (LGI1) encephalitis. We examined structural and metabolic brain abnormalities following LGI1 encephalitis and correlated findings with acute and follow-up clinical outcomes. METHODS: Nine patients underwent prospective multimodal 3 Tesla MRI 33.1±18months after disease onset, including automated volumetry, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431578/is-the-effectiveness-of-patellofemoral-bracing-modified-by-patellofemoral-alignment-and-trochlear-morphology
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Xi Zhang, Jillian P Eyles, Joanna Makovey, Matthew J Williams, David J Hunter
BACKGROUND: This study was performed to determine if the effectiveness of patellofemoral bracing as a treatment for patellofemoral osteoarthritis is influenced by patellofemoral joint alignment and trochlear morphology. We hypothesized that those with more extreme patellar malalignment would benefit more from bracing. METHODS: Thirty-eight patients who had received bracing as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for patellofemoral osteoarthritis were selected for this study...
April 21, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431564/effectiveness-of-the-capsaicin-8-patch-in-the-management-of-peripheral-neuropathic-pain-in-european-clinical-practice-the-ascend-study
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Colette Mankowski, Chris D Poole, Etienne Ernault, Roger Thomas, Ellen Berni, Craig J Currie, Cecil Treadwell, José I Calvo, Christina Plastira, Eirini Zafeiropoulou, Isaac Odeyemi
BACKGROUND: In randomised studies, the capsaicin 8% patch has demonstrated effective pain relief in patients with peripheral neuropathic pain (PNP) arising from different aetiologies. METHODS: ASCEND was an open-label, non-interventional study of patients with non-diabetes-related PNP who received capsaicin 8% patch treatment, according to usual clinical practice, and were followed for ≤52 weeks. Co-primary endpoints were percentage change in the mean numeric pain rating scale (NPRS) 'average daily pain' score from baseline to the average of Weeks 2 and 8 following first treatment; and median time from first to second treatment...
April 21, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431288/longitudinal-whole-brain-atrophy-and-ventricular-enlargement-in-nondemented-parkinson-s-disease
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Elijah Mak, Li Su, Guy B Williams, Michael J Firbank, Rachael A Lawson, Alison J Yarnall, Gordon W Duncan, Brit Mollenhauer, Adrian M Owen, Tien K Khoo, David J Brooks, James B Rowe, Roger A Barker, David J Burn, John T O'Brien
We investigated whole-brain atrophy and ventricular enlargement over 18 months in nondemented Parkinson's disease (PD) and examined their associations with clinical measures and baseline CSF markers. PD subjects (n = 100) were classified at baseline into those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI; PD-MCI, n = 36) and no cognitive impairment (PD-NC, n = 64). Percentage of whole-brain volume change (PBVC) and ventricular expansion over 18 months were assessed with FSL-SIENA and ventricular enlargement (VIENA) respectively...
March 16, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431129/cooled-radiofrequency-ablation-of-the-genicular-nerves-for-chronic-pain-due-to-knee-osteoarthritis-six-month-outcomes
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Zachary L McCormick, Marc Korn, Rajiv Reddy, Austin Marcolina, David Dayanim, Ryan Mattie, Daniel Cushman, Meghan Bhave, Robert J McCarthy, Dost Khan, Geeta Nagpal, David R Walega
Objective. : Determine outcomes of cooled radiofrequency ablation (C-RFA) of the genicular nerves for treatment of chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis (OA). Design. : Cross-sectional survey. Setting.:  Academic pain medicine center. Subjects.:  Consecutive patients with knee OA and 50% or greater pain relief following genicular nerve blocks who underwent genicular nerve C-RFA. Methods.:  Survey administration six or more months after C-RFA...
April 19, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430942/short-term-responses-and-resistance-of-soil-microbial-community-structure-to-elevated-co2-and-n-addition-in-grassland-mesocosms
#16
Marie Simonin, Naoise Nunan, Juliette M G Bloor, Valérie Pouteau, Audrey Niboyet
Nitrogen (N) addition is known to affect soil microbial communities, but the interactive effects of N addition with other drivers of global change remain unclear. The impacts of multiple global changes on the structure of microbial communities may be mediated by specific microbial groups with different life-history strategies. Here, we investigated the combined effects of elevated CO2 and N addition on soil microbial communities using PLFA profiling in a short-term grassland mesocosm experiment. We also examined the linkages between the relative abundance of r- and K-strategist microorganisms and resistance of the microbial community structure to experimental treatments...
April 18, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430780/the-importance-of-standardization-for-biodiversity-comparisons-a-case-study-using-autonomous-reef-monitoring-structures-arms-and-metabarcoding-to-measure-cryptic-diversity-on-mo-orea-coral-reefs-french-polynesia
#17
Emma Ransome, Jonathan B Geller, Molly Timmers, Matthieu Leray, Angka Mahardini, Andrianus Sembiring, Allen G Collins, Christopher P Meyer
The advancement of metabarcoding techniques, declining costs of high-throughput sequencing and development of systematic sampling devices, such as autonomous reef monitoring structures (ARMS), have provided the means to gather a vast amount of diversity data from cryptic marine communities. However, such increased capability could also lead to analytical challenges if the methods used to examine these communities across local and global scales are not standardized. Here we compare and assess the underlying biases of four ARMS field processing methods, preservation media, and current bioinformatic pipelines in evaluating diversity from cytochrome c oxidase I metabarcoding data...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430184/the-ubiquitin-ligase-lin41-trim71-targets-p53-to-antagonize-cell-death-and-differentiation-pathways-during-stem-cell-differentiation
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Duong Thi Thuy Nguyen, Daniel Richter, Geert Michel, Sibylle Mitschka, Waldemar Kolanus, Elisa Cuevas, F Gregory Wulczyn
Rapidity and specificity are characteristic features of proteolysis mediated by the ubiquitin-proteasome system. Therefore, the UPS is ideally suited for the remodeling of the embryonic stem cell proteome during the transition from pluripotent to differentiated states and its inverse, the generation of inducible pluripotent stem cells. The Trim-NHL family member LIN41 is among the first E3 ubiquitin ligases to be linked to stem cell pluripotency and reprogramming. Initially discovered in C. elegans as a downstream target of the let-7 miRNA, LIN41 is now recognized as a critical regulator of stem cell fates as well as the timing of neurogenesis...
April 21, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429985/attitude-of-us-obstetricians-and-gynaecologists-to-global-warming-and-medical-waste
#19
Cassandra Thiel, Paula Duncan, Noe Woods
Objectives Global warming (or climate change) is a major public health issue, and health services are one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in high-income countries. Despite the scale of the health care sector's resource consumption, little is known about the attitude of physicians and their willingness to participate in efforts to reduce the environmental impact of health services. Methods A survey of 236 obstetricians and gynaecologists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Western Pennsylvania, USA...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Health Services Research & Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429793/attogram-mass-sensing-based-on-silicon-microbeam-resonators
#20
In-Bok Baek, Sangwon Byun, Bong Kuk Lee, Jin-Hwa Ryu, Yarkyeon Kim, Yong Sun Yoon, Won Ik Jang, Seongjae Lee, Han Young Yu
Using doubly-clamped silicon (Si) microbeam resonators, we demonstrate sub-attogram per Hertz (ag/Hz) mass sensitivity, which is extremely high sensitivity achieved by micro-scale MEMS mass sensors. We also characterize unusual buckling phenomena of the resonators. The thin-film based resonator is composed of a Si microbeam surrounded by silicon nitride (SiN) anchors, which significantly improve performance by providing fixation on the microbeam and stabilizing oscillating motion. Here, we introduce two fabrication techniques to further improve the mass sensitivity...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
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